The Australian newspaper’s campaign against the Victorian Office of Police Integrity is hotting up again, spurred in part by the release of a book by Stephen Linnell, the disgraced former head of Victoria Police’s media unit.

Those who read The Australian’s editorial today will have noticed a swipe at me, Media Watch and other critics of The Oz’s line on these matters. What is not reported is the back story to its campaign on matters murky and Victorian is about to lurch in to a new phase, with the case against Simon Justin Artz, the Victorian policeman accused of being the source for reporter Cameron Stewart’s scoop of August last year, listed to begin in the Melbourne Magistrates Court tomorrow.